Module code: TRA3027

Module Overview

This module is taught in English in semester 1 of FHEQ Level 6.


Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MARLEY Dawn (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Seminar Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Practical translation work on texts from German into English in a variety of genres. Texts will be contemporary and will cover a wide range of issues, and will be taken from a variety of sources.

  • Reflective commentary on translation issues.

  • Students will prepare translations outside class, in order to receive feedback and improve their translation skills.

  • Discussion and analysis of translation difficulties and strategies for resolving them. 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework TEXT 1 (C. 300 WORDS) with commentary 30
Coursework TEXT 2 (C. 300 WORDS) with commentary 30
Examination 2-HOUR EXAMINATION 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

  • Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;

  • Ability to analyse and interpret texts;

  • Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;

  • Ability to use IT skills to find and present relevant information;

  • Subject-specific knowledge of German society and culture.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Two equally weighted texts (c.300 words each) with commentary during semester

This gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to work independently to apply strategies and solve problems in translating a range of texts, using a variety of resources, and to reflect on the translation process, using appropriate language.

  • Two hour exam.  Students demonstrate ability to use strategies and solve problems in translating a text under pressure of time, using just a bilingual dictionary.


Formative assessment and feedback

  • Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.

  • Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.

  • Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.

Module aims

  • To enable students to build on their previous experience of translating from German to English, both in FHEQ Level 5 modules and through placement experience. To develop students' understanding of issues involved in text production and practical ability in translation between German and English.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Have acquired a deeper understanding of the processes involved in translation; KC
002 Be able to translate complex linguistic passages of German into accurate and appropriate English; KCT
003 Be able to analyse translation difficulties, using concepts and terminology from the theory of translation; KCP
004 Have improved competence in using specialist dictionaries and other aids to translation; KPT
005 Demonstrate cultural awareness in interpretation and creation of texts; KCP
006 Demonstrate creativity in text production; PT
007 Confidently use strategies to solve translation problems; KP
008 Have greatly improved communication skills, both orally and in writing. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;

  • Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;

  • Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;

  • Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the assignments;

  • Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.

  • Develop communication skills through interactions in class;

  • Provide opportunities for students to develop practical competence in translation.


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Teaching will be delivered in practical seminars.

  • There will be opportunities for class discussion, group work and peer evaluation.

  • Further guidance for independent study will be provided by the class tutor.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Modern Languages (Spanish with German) BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French with German) BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with German BA (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management and German BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.